IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #38 Describe a wild animal that you saw before

Describe a wild animal that you saw before You should say:
What the animal is What it looks like Where it lives
And explain how you feel about this animal.

Sample answer:

Tiger is a wild animal which is very common in our country. It is the largest animal of the cat species and they grow up quite large. It can grow up to 11 feet and can weight more than 300 kg. Tigers generally live about 25 years and they require a large habitat area that supports their prey requirements.

The most recognizable feature of a tiger is its dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. They have got a big head and sharp teeth claws. It is a carnival animal that mostly depends on the meat of other animals. The largest number of tigers can be found in India and the total subspecies and the numbers of tigers are decreasing over
time. Tigers are good swimmers and are often found crossing rivers and lakes in heavy tides. Tigers usually hunt alone unlike other animals that prey in a group. They first target their prey and aim at it. When the target is fixed, it attacks with a sudden ferocity overpowering the prey with the strength and size. Tigers have great leaping ability and can run very fast.

This formidable large wild animal is getting extinct over time and they have become numbered in the world. Approximately only 3500 tigers are present in the world and the number is decreasing. Many tigers are held in the zoo for public and they usually live on supplied meat.

In my opinion, since the human is superior to any other living species, we have a responsibility to prevent the extinction of the tiger as we are the primary reason for their extinction. Wild animals are part of the eco-system we live in and we have a natural responsibility to preserve a balanced eco-system for our own good.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Should tourists be allowed to feed the animals in the zoos?
    I guess it depends on the safety of the zoo goers that the zoo keepers should make a decision as to whether they can feed the animals or not. For some friendly and convivial animals like elephants, monkeys, it’s relatively safe for visitors to give them some pieces of bananas or sugarcane, which can enrich their experience and learn more about the habits of the animals.By contrast, some dangerous animals like tigers or lions, visitors mustn’t give those animals anything because their life can be in danger if they come in contact with them. Some people breed animals such as dogs for money.
  2. How do you feel about that?
    I think every animal is entitled to their own right to live in freedom, especially those which we often call “pets”. Forcing them into labor can be an acceptable idea as long as they receive a decent treatment from the owner. However, if their labor is exploited to the benefit of the owner, then that person should be condemned of his behavior.
  3. Do you think there should be laws to protect the welfare of pets and farm animals? (For example, laws against cruel treatment.) Why?/Why not?
    I think such a law can’t work really, given that even human rights are not respected, let alone giving such a privilege to animals. I think laws shouldn’t come into effect in this respect, as what matter most is to change the attitude of people towards these precious and lovely animals
  4. Are there any wild animals in Vietnam that are not found in any other country? I am no expert on this, and I hardly know the names of any rare animals in English, so there would be no point in making it up and explaining it to you. You can look it up in
    the Red List, in which I guess there are an abundant number of such rare species.
  5. Are there any animal reserves in Vietnam where wild animals can live in protection?
    In Vietnam, there are few. Mostly we only have zoos where wild animals can be given a bit freedom and can receive special treatment. To the best of my knowledge, there are some on the outskirts of the city, but I can hardly think of a specific name to give you.
  6. What are the benefits and drawbacks of keeping animals in zoos?
    It is true to say that by keeping animals in zoos, people could have a chance to get a close look at them without being attacked, while at the same time some animals can also be well protected and receive professional care. However, animal rights activists believe locking animals up in cages is inhumane as they are isolated from the wildlife, which is
    the ideal place for their physical and mental growth.
  7. How do you think zoos might develop in the future?
    There are going to be some changes in the way zoos operate in the distant future, and the most likely one is that zoos might grow much larger in scale to provide enough space for all the animals inside, which will definitely be good for creating an environment similar to their natural habitats. Besides, this could result in more varied recreational activities and the viewers will appreciate those wildlife creatures more and more thanks to their improved awareness.
  8. Why are animals sometimes used in scientific experiments?
    It is common knowledge that animals are often used in scientific experiments for the good of humanity. Though it may sound selfish that one’s happiness is obtained from another’s suffering, it is considered by most a necessary suffering, as men themselves suffer too.
    Because by doing so, many new medical cures have been developed and lives saved.
  9. Do you think animal testing will continue in the future?
    Just as I ’ve said, as long as people still see it as a necessary suffering on the part of the animal it’ll continue, and it’s proved quite effective. Why do people like to keep pets?
    People mostly have pets to keep their company. Besides, they are useful for us in some cases too. When a dog sees a stranger, it barks and the home owner becomes aware of the existence of someone else outside the house. Besides, cats kill mice and protect the home
    from different mischief created by the tiny creatures.
  10. What should we do to protect endangered animals? = How do Vietnamese people feel about the protection of wild animals?
    There are a number of courses of actions available to conserve the animals facing the threat of extinction. The first step is for the common people to actively participate in and support environmentalists’ campaigns against illegal poaching, which is the main cause of the issue. Meanwhile the governments should impose strict punishments on those who engage in illegal hunting. Also, they should increase their spending on expanding nature reserves for these endangered creatures so that they can live and breed well in the future
  11. Do you support doing experiment on animals?/ Researchers are being conducted on animals, is this good idea?
    Studies are on over the animals and I think it will be helpful to generate newer species or we should try to sustain the endangered species. More researches should be conducted on the animals as they are part of our ecology and their improved living condition will help maintain the ecological balance too. Moreover, the wildlife around the globe is in danger and the researches should help to discover the ways to protect them. If the researches are continued and the results are applied into the animals, the animals, human and the environment can benefit at the same time.
  12. Why do some people refuse to eat animals?
    There can be two reasons as to why some are determined not to eat animals. The first reason can be for religious purpose. In some Muslim countries for example, cows are holy animals and eating beef is banned. Another reason can be that some are animal rights activists and choose to abstain from meat to show others that some animals need to be protected and that we should stop the hunting activity.
  13. What would happen when some species disappear on earth?/What do you think are some of the benefits to humans from protecting wild animals?
    There can be a number of negative consequences if some species become extinct on our planet. The first effect is that there will be an imbalance in the ecosystem. If mosquitoes, for example, disappear forever, other creatures can suffer as a result, like frogs or lizards which usually feed on mosquitoes. Furthermore, there could be a number of hazards to people’s lives, if there were no cats, the mice would dominate the house and run freely around, causing sanitary issues like food poisoning.
  14. What kind of animals do people have in their home?
    Usually pet animals are kept in the house for different reasons, one of which is to keep the family members in company. But the preference differs from individual to individual.
    However, small four footed animals like dogs and cats are preferred and popular as pets for homes. Sometimes people also pick rabbits or fancy rats as their pet animals. Further, some of the people prefer birds as their pets too.

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